Pillbug, Roly-Poly, Woodlouse Armadillidium vulgare (Latreille) (Malacostraca: Isopoda: Armadillidiidae)

Figure 1. Pillbug, Armadillidium vulgare (Latreille), rolled into a ball. The roly poly is an isopod, a type of non-insect arthropod also known as a terrestrial crustacean. It is called a roly-poly because it rolls into ball when disturbed. This defensive behavior also makes it look like a pill, which is why it is sometimes called a pillbug. In Europe, the name woodlouse is used for both roly polies and sowbugs because these arthropods are frequently found under logs. Roly polies are nocturnal, though they may be found during the day in the soil or under debris. They are beneficial in the garden or landscape. This 3-page fact sheet about the humble roly poly was written by Julie A. Franklin, Morgan A. Byron, and Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, August 2015. (Photo by James Castner, University of Florida)

Blue Morpho Butterfly Morpho peleides Kollar

Figure 1.  Captive adult female Morpho peleides Kollar.
The blue morpho butterfly, also known as the peleides blue morpho or common blue morpho, is a brightly colored butterfly abundant in tropical environments in Central and South America. It can be seen flying in open areas such as paths, trails, forest edges, and rivers. In the United States, it is often featured in museums and zoos that have butterfly houses or butterfly rainforests. This five-page fact sheet about the popular butterfly was written by Haleigh A. Ray and Jacqueline Y. Miller and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, September 2015. (Photo credit: Andrei Sourakov, McGuire Center or Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida)